New FAA Drone Rule for Hobbyists – Don't Stress!

Why has the FAA implemented these changes so suddenly? I’m not sure anyone can answer that currently… but, with proposed changes in the coming months, I think that all hobbyist drone pilots can look forward to using LAANC.


Russ’ video:
Read the rules here:
DJI Fly Safe:
FAA Controlled Airspace Map:

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  1. Payton Burkett on June 1, 2021 at 3:21 am

    All I know is cops got called on me for flying mine in my neighborhood recently. Cops were not on my side apparently I was disturbing the peace. Lady who called the cops was calling me a sexual predator said I was stalking her with my drone. Yeah I’m 30 and have an unbearable urge to film old ladies…All I tried to do was fly over a housing track being built I mean my drone went over her house but still. Talk about starting shit with your neighbors lol. Now I just go to deer creek in Las Vegas to avoid harassment but it’s to the point you gotta plan a whole day just to drive up to the spot, and since it’s BLM gotta make sure you’re not flying over people shooting their guns or that’ll cause issues if someone shoots it down. If you can’t tell I spent 1400 on something I can only use in certain parts of town and no one wants to buy it it’s either too expensive or they work allot and don’t have time to take it somewhere outside of the city. And all these tourist assholes in Vegas have already tried flying drones up alongside planes landing and taking off at the airport so the whole strip area is off limits which would be amazing to fly the strip at night.

  2. Mind Rider on June 1, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Hmmm someone is really scared of flying cams. No one cared before we had cameras on planes or helicopters. But quads with a cam? They seem to worry someone.

  3. Larry Jennings on June 1, 2021 at 3:22 am

    It’s foolish liberal crap. Guess I won’t be buying a drone. Screw the FAA and all the minions that are stealing their paychecks from the taxpayers.

  4. Chad Manning on June 1, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Funny how drone pilots act like they are real deal aircraft pilots lol it’s a toy

  5. Dale Bolen on June 1, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Screw the FAA. I will take my special needs grandson to the park and fly our "fixed wing" plane any damn time I want. I will NOT register it and pad their pockets. If they truly believe that the bad people are going to register their aircraft prior to committing a terrorist act then they are idiots

  6. Where in the World is cL on June 1, 2021 at 3:28 am

    thanks for making this video! i got a serious hand slap for recreationally flying my drone while shooting for my travel vlog (while skiing.. HEHE) in salt lake. i purposely got the mavic mini given it’s a toy.. but i think i’m going to go ahead and get my cert. this was helpful thanks!

  7. Explore With Rick on June 1, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Will my drone take off if I’m in one of those air space circles?

  8. Brandon Purdy on June 1, 2021 at 3:29 am

    I’m not getting mine. I’ve been flying for over 5 years and never had any altercation with the police or anyone from the community. I will continue using common sense.

  9. MadwolfandGothKid on June 1, 2021 at 3:32 am

    This is just dji lobbying for rules that pad their pockets.. This is a non issue that dji made an issue.

  10. Tom on June 1, 2021 at 3:33 am

    Do not comply. Use some common sense when flying. Fuck tests, fees, registration, etc. Fight garbage legislation or it’ll spread.

  11. Joe Playing Outdoors on June 1, 2021 at 3:38 am

    You guys can thank the morons that fly around the White House, airports and your bedroom window.
    If I find one of them flying around my local airport or bedroom window they are not going to be able to move the sticks for a while.
    The idiots have stuck a knife in our bellies and twisted hard.

  12. SoulR3ap3r on June 1, 2021 at 3:39 am

    This regulation they want to pass is good for part 107 flyers but bad for the hobbyists. DON’T STRESS! NOPE!, They want to wipe out of existence but nope, DON’T STRESS. Anyone of these channels who say that this is all good are in it for the money, their channels make money and they want to continue making money and they don’t want you to go away AND WILL APPEASE THE FAA, BUTT LICKERS!. THE FAA IS GOING TO PASS THIS WITH FLYING COLORS AND I WILL BET ANYONE!.

  13. ROGUE ONE on June 1, 2021 at 3:40 am

    FAA said NO on ADS-B (in or out) on Drone Aircraft.
    ….Time stamp on this video is 45:18 …….

  14. winner wolf on June 1, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Don’t blame the FAA blame Congress the FAA works for them and Congress works for K street which got 14 million to lobby for sharks like DJI

    Who are going to monopolize the sky for drone delivery

    O to 400 feet

    You can kiss kites goodbye too

    It will cost you money to subscribe and RC airplanes are history

    You guys think your going to still be able to fly and take pictures


    Keep voting Democrat

  15. The Hillbilly Piper on June 1, 2021 at 3:41 am

    Fascists Aviation Administration

  16. JetsetJoey on June 1, 2021 at 3:43 am

    2019 USC Title 49, Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart iii, Chapter 448, § 448409(a)(6) states:

    "In Class G airspace [UNRESTRICTED], the aircraft is flown from the surface no more than 400′ above ground level [AGL] & complies with all airspace restrictions & prohibitions."

    Manufacturers will likely begin enforcing the 400′ ceiling within the drone software apps, as DJI already does with the NFZs. What crock of BS from the Airspace Nazis…

  17. Elvis Best on June 1, 2021 at 3:43 am

    i dont see everyone getting the part 107 and its not like everyone would be able to pass it i think if they give a test it should a basic knowledge test to understand the drone and the rules but shouldnt be anything crazy everybody dont fly everyday taken pics or using they drones for business

  18. Tgs Venom on June 1, 2021 at 3:46 am

    It’s not 2018 anymore…..

  19. cris san on June 1, 2021 at 3:46 am

    Where liberty lives that is my country benjamin franklin.

  20. the.ronin on June 1, 2021 at 3:51 am

    250g auw threshold still stand?

  21. Tom on June 1, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Another three letter federal agency overstepping its bounds. Fuck the FAA.

  22. rocky walker on June 1, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Everyone needs to stand up for your rights and stop this money grab.!!!! That’s all the FAA is and that worthless AMA.

  23. James M on June 1, 2021 at 3:56 am

    I absolutely do not want anything to do with a 107 as it’s a complete waste of my time as a hobbyist. I like flying at night and as a hobbyist I’m allowed to fly at night. What about flying within 5 miles of a heli-port in class G airspace? Do I still need to make a notification or just ignore it like I have been doing since they never answer the damn phones anyway?

  24. Project Brickell on June 1, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I can sympathize for those who really just want to fly their mavic around and have some nice pictures that they want to keep for themselves. I do however agree with this new law for hobbyist overall. You should not be able to just take off your drone where ever you want to and if you take the part 107 you will understand why! Remember that any time you post a video or photo you took with your new shiny mavic or phantom on the internet it’s considered commercial operation. Next thing you know your local airspace is filled with kids offering drone services for $20 on Craigslist, offerup, Instagram I see this all the time. For someone like me who invested thousands into professional cinema gear, registered my drones, bought the insurance , got the local permit, registered my business, for my part 107 that becomes very frustrating. There is a fine line between commercial operation and for fun operation here and the FAA is trying to draw a solid line between the two which is awesome!

  25. Denver Carlson on June 1, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Do I need to take a safety knowledge test for a drone under 250 grams

  26. Devilflashbang Vang on June 1, 2021 at 3:58 am

    how much is the recreational knowledge test? I been trying to find info on it and failed. Have they create one yet?

  27. manny 2nd amendment on June 1, 2021 at 4:01 am

    FAA should register itself with the citizens.

  28. Pεat Humus on June 1, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Just just can’t go and get your 107 just to fly in controlled airspace. You have to be making money while you fly there. The huge elephant in the room is the emergency helicopters. Google, Amazon drones will be a hazard regardless of obstacle avoidance sensors.

  29. Henry Wang on June 1, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Do these rules apply for hobbyists flying the mavic mini (which weighs less than 250 g)?

  30. DJI Drones and Stuff on June 1, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Have you seen the new “proposed” ID rules by the FAA? Time to panic I think.

  31. Geno on June 1, 2021 at 4:03 am

    I have a pilot license. Do you think I need anything else?

  32. dmwtech on June 1, 2021 at 4:03 am

    the thing that bothers me, is if you are flying below tree level, how the hell is this a problem in a area that is not a place that aircraft take off and land? If I am flying my toy drone in my back yard around obstacles  and trees, how is this a threat? But if I live in an area that has a 0 foot limitation, I cant legally fly in my back yard below tree level? what the hell?

  33. JetsetJoey on June 1, 2021 at 4:03 am

    It sure seems that most of the drone channel commentators are mouthpieces for the gov…

  34. The Hillbilly Piper on June 1, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Well,I guess I won’t get a drone. It’s easier to buy a AR-15 rifle than a drone.

  35. YourTheBEST on June 1, 2021 at 4:05 am

    remote id rules fit for fire arm owner so there will be autonomous car, vehicle in future so every car owner have to have remote id so they will know who is entering on their lane…I am sorry, this is my opinion , rule is rule i will be more than happy to follow the rule.

  36. D Hansel on June 1, 2021 at 4:06 am

    Being realistic the rules are unenforceable.
    I have talked to Houston Police Department men that DO fly drones and chasing down little Johnny about flying his drone is down the priority ladder close to barking dogs or cars parked the wrong way on the street.
    We have too much drug activity, police being killed and children being abducted.
    It all comes down to too many lawyers out of work.

  37. Billy Kyle on June 1, 2021 at 4:07 am

    Just wanted to clarify; this was filmed on May 18th, 2019. This new rule was put into effect on May 17th, 2019.

  38. Spanish Gwala on June 1, 2021 at 4:08 am

    so the green spaces on the map are areas where you can fly your drone right?

  39. Gregg Mundkowsky on June 1, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Not a bad video, but what you and most of the other people putting out this info need to do is stop using the word "Drone". This rule covers ALL rc flying, airplanes, helicopters, and quadcopters. This rule piles everything under the term UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). This rule affects anyone who flys RC for fun. I personally fly helicopters on my own property and I have to do the same thing as if I was flying somewhere else.

  40. Bruce Hanson on June 1, 2021 at 4:09 am

    DjI Go4 app makes you take a test before it will fly your drone.
    …and to clarify/ update, recreational and 107 flyers both have to use the laanc for clearance in controlled space the same way.

  41. BC_Views on June 1, 2021 at 4:09 am

    Id hate to be negative, but i think these laws/rules are straight trash and highly unreasonable for the guy like myself just trying to fly a drone, record the family having a good time.I am working on getting my 107 license, but in the mean time I would like to fly my drone to practice shooting techniques or just simply play with it to get a good feel for what it can do. Im super paranoid with cops due to a bad experience so going out and flying even at 10-40 feet worries me knowing i could be f****d with by law enforcement at anytime. To add to my frustration, i am in a class B zone so i am limited to 100ft anyway, but again I can’t even fly because i can only fly recreationally …. Im sure things will change but for now i hope the decline in sales forces these companies to fight for people like myself just wanting to take it out and enjoy it. Sorry for being long winded, but i didn’t feel this much stress buying and getting licensed to carry a firearm, thats what really pisses me off.

  42. O H on June 1, 2021 at 4:11 am

    It seems like it’s easier to own a gun

  43. mash1551 on June 1, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Answer – When a drone causes a multimillion dollar helicopter to crash then they need rules for saving the lives of our military pilots. It ain’t rocket science! Thanks for the video guys.

  44. Elvis Best on June 1, 2021 at 4:13 am

    when i call ATC it is easy never had a problem as of yet

  45. Tomas Jay on June 1, 2021 at 4:14 am

    Here it is a full year later and the FAA has pushed ahead to make things almost impossible to deal with concerning RC airplanes.  They are sending FAA reps to AMA fields to harass and send home flyers who don’ have a registration number on the flyers RC planes. They threaten to close AMA sites down for failure to comply and it has nearly happened at the Ogden Utah 12th street flying site.  Only a matter of time until a physical confrontation happens between FAA reps and AMA flyers.

  46. Jomh on June 1, 2021 at 4:14 am

    The rules are so strict laws regarding flying a drone

  47. tagMyDrone Channel on June 1, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Is the email mentioned in business inquiries valid?

  48. TIM MONTANO on June 1, 2021 at 4:16 am

    I’m in agreement regarding the safety issues of flying drones in certain places but as with just about all the good intentions that our government agencies put out, generally speaking they tend to go down the tubes incrementally and fairly quickly.
    This first set of "Common Sense" rules or regulations will no doubt usher in more regulations and then more regulations and then more regulations and it will most likely be done with the best of intentioned knee-jerk reaction to some jack-ass drone flyer who didn’t follow the rules. It will eventually snowball into a money making scam for those who make up these rules and the bureaucrats that perpetuate them.
    I read an interesting post on one of the other YouTube vids regarding this subject. It had to do with the maps that are available on the FAA website. They show areas within the restricted air space areas with various numbers denoting the height or level one can legally fly their drones at. Some say 400 some 40 and some show 0. The zero number means you can’t fly your drone, not even at ground level. The comment I’m alluding to asked something along the lines of, "If I can’t fly my drone in these areas marked zero, how come I can drive my car through those areas. My car stands a good six feet tall off of the ground. I’m 5′ 6" tall. How come I can walk through these same areas but I can’t fly my drone even at ground level?"
    I repeat; I’m in agreement with the safety issues that brought about these drone flying rules but even now there are some aspects of them that border on absurd.

  49. Too Hundred on June 1, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Has this “test” been released yet? I’m a complete noob here, and completely overwhelmed by all the rules

  50. Kevin Jack on June 1, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Still confused. I’m about to buy a drone, is there any videos on what first steps to take? (California)

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